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Here you will find useful tips for preserving your life story and for building your memoir. We also enjoy spotlighting the good stories that we believe are worthy of preservation.

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5 (More) People Who Made History, And You Don't Even Know Them

As is often the case, the stories that once made headlines are eventually forgotten in the winds of time. The people who proved what it means to live a selfless life become nothing more than another face in a family...

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5 More Precious Tips To Help You Write A Good Memoir

Written by: Joe Fiduccia Regardless of where you are in life, most everyone will agree that it's been one heck of a ride. Every single day from the moment we wake up, we are creating memories. Many of which we...

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Failure Or Not, Why Our Children Will Always Find Their Way

The author of this article chose to remain anonymous. My daughter is in third grade and generally excels in most subjects. She is a quick learner and likes to take on new projects. A few months ago she brought home...

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Are you leaving a legacy...or a mess?

Written by: Kelly E Lee In the words of Ben Franklin, "Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions." This bit of advice from Franklin emphasizes the importance of being productive. What I have realized...

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Quick and Easy Tips For Writing Your Life Story

Written by: Terry Kelly and Tara Dolgner Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a life story of one of your ancestors? A life story really tells the story of your family member and it is something you and your family...

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Military Veteran Leads A Free Soccer Program For Parents And Their Children

Did you know this story was also featured on the Make A Difference Spotlight podcast? Just look for episode #54! If you are like most families, your children likely play at least one sport after school or on the weekends....

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How I Found My Elusive Ancestor

Written by: Rachel Dunkley My ancestor Eleanor Scrivener, who had married Edward Campion on July 2, 1795 in Potterspury, Northamptonshire, England had always been something of a mystery to me.  I knew she was born in 1769 from her age given...

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10 Women That History Has Forgotten, But We Haven't

Women's History Month only occurs once a year. But so often we get caught up in the media blitz of the more popular women from history (e.g. Amelia Earhart or Rosa Parks) that we often forget to remember those less famous,...

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Storytelling: Perception, Lies, & Exaggeration

Written by: Kelly E Lee When I worked as a newspaper writer, I had to interview two 90 year old women who had been friends their whole lives. Both women lived on their own and their minds were still sharp....

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5 Thought-Provoking Questions (And More) For Starting Your Life Memoir

Written by: Joe Fiduccia Millions of people from all walks of life are thinking ahead. Thinking about their future, the future of their family, and the life story they choose to leave behind. The desire to pass down something to...

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Collect The Stories Of Your Female Ancestors

Written by: Shannon Combs-Bennett I may not have been brought up in a traditional family setting. In fact, my dad was a house husband before being a house husband was cool. The large age difference between my parents meant my mom...

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5 Simple Tips For Creating Your Own Last Will And Testament

Written by: Joe Fiduccia Everyone knows there are two guarantees in life: death and taxes. Neither one we have much control over, but we usually do our best to prepare for what's ahead. And part of that preparation involves finalizing...

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Writing Letters to Share Later

Written by: Val Brennan A friend of mine once told me that he had started writing letters to his grandchildren once or twice a year soon after the first one was born. I thought it was a brilliant idea, as I...

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Two Strangers Pair Up To Fulfill A Dream For Coffee Shop Employee

This story was also featured on the Make A Difference Spotlight Podcast, episode #41! When you were in college, you likely developed at least one special bond with a professor. Maybe it was someone whose teachings changed your outlook on...

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Dad Builds Full-Scale Replica Of Optimus Prime® To Inspire His Son

Written by: Debbie Earnston Autobots vs. Decepticons. Cybertron. The matrix of leadership. If any of these sound familiar, then you have probably heard about or even watched Transformers on the big screen. Currently the 10th highest-grossing action film series based on...

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